Demolition Staff Quarters
Demolition Staff Quarters in Accra: “Ghana Must face Consequences

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives says that Ghana has to face the consequences of the demolition of staff quarters at the Nigerian Embassy in Accra.

In a statement on Monday, the chairman, Yusuf Buba, said what happened was an outside aggression that infringed Nigeria ‘s international rights.

The country had claimed the act was carried out by unknown persons.

Buba called the demolition a gross violation of all diplomatic relations and friendship conventions and treaties between the two countries.

He quoted a witness who recounted how a heavy-duty bulldozer arrived at the diplomatic premises at late hours of the night and burst through the doors.

The bulldozer demolished four units of the nearly-completed four-bedroom block of flats.

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Buba noted that several frantic efforts were made by members of the Nigeria Mission to report what was ongoing to both the Ghana Police Service and their Foreign Affairs Ministry.

He lamented that “no reprieve, we were told, came the way of the Nigerian diplomats. We further learnt that, even when the Police finally arrived at the scene, they could not do anything”.

The chairman explained that the present Nigeria mission in Accra, constituted four hectares of land that was officially allocated to Nigeria as part of the agreement.

He recalled that Nigeria possessed all necessary legal titles and certifications, including site plan, payment receipts and allocation papers from the Ghanaian authorities.

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The chairman condemned the act of “trespass”.

He stated that Ghana “violated many articles in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1949 and, therefore, must be sanctioned”.

Buba said the House of Reps stand resolute to do everything within its powers to review, re-appraise and re-examine the Nigeria-Ghana relationship.

“We shall deploy all legislative means, including exploring and invoking all necessary rules, regulations and instruments that guide our common membership in other parliaments, to compel Ghana to answer for this act of gross violation”, he vowed.

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